WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Monday said his involvement with a prostitution ring caused "excruciating pain" to his family, but that he is trying to balance it with an "obligation" to speak out about issues plaguing the economy.
Spitzer told NBC's Today Show he has been asked repeatedly for his expertise on issues that are "shaking the very foundations of our economy," but that he only agreed to return to the public eye after consulting his wife and daughters.
"I have flaws," Spitzer said. "I've tried to think about it deeply, address it. As I say, there are no excuses. I've tried to address these gremlins and confront them. What I did was an egregious violation of trust to my family, colleagues, to the state. I paid a price and appropriately so."
In the interview, Spitzer was asked to estimate how often and for how long he was involved with prostitutes.
"Not frequently, not long in the grand context of my life," Spitzer said. "It was an egregious violation of behavior that I fell into for many reasons, but none of them an excuse or justifiable."
Spitzer resigned from office last March after it was revealed that he had patronized a prostitution ring. He has not been charged with any crime connected to those allegations.